BFFs to the rental rescue
Tenants moving to an unknown, remote area often don’t have the time, or extra cash for travel, to inspect potential homes. The answer? Call for help from BFFs already living in your dream region.
Reliability and responsibility
BFFs are great for support and encouragement but they might not be great house hunters. Ensure they’re ready to inspect properties objectively, with your opinions and points of view in mind and not their own. They should be familiar with your domestic likes and dislikes. This could mean they know without asking that shabby chic colour schemes are perfect for you whereas an ultra-contemporary interior is a decided negative. The same goes for non-negotiables such as not living next to a train line or needing a large fenced garden for your dog.
Simplifying the search
Your BFFs are doing you a big favour at this period so don’t waste their time. Send them a list of potential properties well in advance of inspection dates and times, plus points you’d like them to check such as storage space, outdoor areas, natural light, street presence and neighbours. Remind them to contact you ASAP after inspections so you can beat the crowd to your dream home.
You can’t do inspections but you should still be doing most of the home hunt yourself. From making calls to agents to filling out application forms, all of these tasks are your job, not your BFFs. Don’t forget to tell property managers that BFFs will inspect the house so there is no confusion on arrival. As with any move, double-check concerns with agents before signing a contract. After your signature is on the page, explaining you haven’t seen the property yet won’t be accepted as an excuse if issues arise later.
No blame games
It’s risky moving into a house you haven’t seen before but aim not to criticise BFFs for any details you dislike about the home on arrival. Remember to gift their inspection efforts with a special dinner, a night out in your new town or similar. In the end, the move is your decision and at such a hectic time, everyone needs a BFF!